Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country'

Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country'
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSteyer, Biden clash over climate credentials Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday issued a statement on Twitter mourning the death of longtime Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDebate gives Democrats a chance to focus on unaddressed issues of concern to black voters Maloney wins House Oversight gavel The Hill's Morning Report - Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage MORE (D-Md.), calling his passing a “devastating loss for our country.”


“Chairman Cummings was a giant: a universally respected leader who brought profound insight, commitment, and moral fortitude to Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on early Thursday.

“His guidance and vision was an enormous gift. I will forever cherish his example. May he rest in power.” 


Ocasio-Cortez serves as a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, of which Cummings was appointed chairman earlier this year. Prior to his appointment, Cummings had served as the ranking member on the committee since 2011.

Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Progressives oppose spending stopgap measure over surveillance authority extension Ayanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution MORE (D-Mich.), two other freshman members of the House and part of a group with Ocasio-Cortez known as “the squad”, also serve on the committee and took to Twitter after Cummings’s death to share their condolences.

“Our Chairman leaves behind a beautiful and powerful legacy. I am already feeling the impact of a little less grace in the world,” Pressley wrote. “Deep gratitude to have spent these early months in Congress guided by his wisdom. Rest in power @RepCummings.”


“I already miss him. He believed in the possibility of better from this institution. He understood that our squad was big & embraced the presence of a new era of social justice. I will always remember him as my Chairman,” Tlaib tweeted. “His presence was iconic & I'm humbled I got to serve w/ him.”


Cummings had high visibility in the months leading up to his death as his committee investigated President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE’s businesses and family members.

Trump also tweeted shortly after Cummings’s death to offer his “warmest condolences” to the lawmaker’s friends and family.

“I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader," Trump tweeted. "His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!"

Cummings’s office said the lawmaker died at 2:30 a.m. at Gilchrist Hospice Care from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.”

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of the late congressman, issued a statement saying that he “worked until his last breath.”